Experienced Water Contamination Attorneys
The Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers at Roberts Wilson, P.A. are committed to helping victims of toxic exposure seek the justice and compensation they deserve.
When we accept a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination case, a lawyer from our team will personally come to your home to visit with you and answer your questions about the claims process.
If you or someone you love resided, worked, or served at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and were later diagnosed with a health condition associated with toxic exposure, It is critical to contact our office. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
The scientific studies and epidemiology are continuing to expand in this contamination event and regardless of the type of condition you have, we encourage you to call our office to visit with us about whether or not you have a provable claim. What was NOT provable 6 months ago, may be provable today or in the future, so we are happy to talk to anyone about ANY condition to see if we can help!
The clock may already be ticking on your case. If you miss the time limit to pursue justice, you may lose your chance to obtain the financial compensation you rightfully deserve.
Call (662) 533-9111 today to speak with an experienced attorney. The legal team at Roberts Wilson, P.A. is dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors in Oxford, Holly Springs, Batesville, Pontotoc, and throughout Mississippi obtain the justice and compensation they deserve. You served our country, now let us serve you.
Who Can Seek Damages in a Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Claim?
Between 1953 and 1987, the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with toxic chemicals often found in cleaning solvents, including benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), vinyl chloride, perchloroethylene (PCE), and more. These solvents have been linked to a number of illnesses, including several forms of cancer.
Individuals who were diagnosed with a health condition linked to toxic exposure after working or living at Camp Lejeune may be eligible for compensation for their physical, financial, and emotional losses.
Our Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyers are now reviewing cases to help veterans, their families, and others who worked on the base who may have been effected by this water contamination event.
What Compensation May Be Available?
If exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune caused you or members of your family to suffer an illness or health condition, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and society
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Note: For individuals who already received health and disability benefits previously for illnesses associated with water contamination at Camp Lejeune, damages will be reduced in proportion to prior awards or payments.
What Medical Conditions Are Linked with the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune?
A number of toxic chemicals contaminated the water at Camp Lejeune. Some of these contaminants have been linked with a variety of different cancers, including but not limited to:
- Brain cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Multiple myeloma
Additionally, toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune has been associated with several other serious health conditions, including but not limited to:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiac defects
- Neurobehavioral disorders
- Aplastic anemia
- Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)
- Hepatic steatosis
Miscarriages and fertility issues have also been linked to toxic exposure at Camp Lejeune. In-utero exposure to contaminated water has led to a variety of birth defects and high rates of childhood cancer, often resulting in death.
What Is Required to File a Claim?
In order to file a successful claim, you must meet five key requirements:
1. You Were Exposed to Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune Between 1953 and 1987
You can only obtain compensation if you or a family member was exposed to contaminated water at the base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987. You must prove that you (or your family member) were exposed to contaminated drinking water for at least 30 days during this window of time.
2. You Suffered a Health Condition Linked to Toxic Exposure
Those who can prove the link between the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune and the harm they or their family members suffered as a result may pursue damages under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022.
The language in the bill is written broadly to help a large number of eligible victims pursue damages. Some of the related health conditions are listed above, but these lists are not exhaustive. Even if your medical condition is not included on the above lists, you may still be able to receive VA disability compensation.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer or another serious health issue that you suspect may be linked to toxic exposure at the military base between 1953 and 1987, it is in your best interest to contact a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer promptly to discuss your case.
3. You Must Meet the Burden of Proof
Simply filing a claim is not enough to recover compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. With the help of an experienced Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer, you must present evidence that is either:
- “Sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship exists; or
- “Sufficient to conclude that a causal relationship is at least as likely as not.”
With the assistance of your Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer, you must provide clear evidence, such as medical records, studies, etc., that supports your claim. You must also be able to prove the long-term costs of your (or your loved one’s) health conditions.
4. You Must File in Time
If you want to obtain compensation for the illness you or a family member sustained as the result of exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, you must act quickly. In most cases, you will need to file a claim within two years of the enactment of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which is expected to be signed into law soon.
Additionally, you must exhaust your administrative remedies before filing a lawsuit. Once you have received a final administrative denial, you have 180 days to file in court. This rule applies even if the two-year limitations period has expired.
5. You Must File in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Claims related to the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 must be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. If you have a claim, the attorneys at Roberts Wilson, P.A. can help. We can work with clients throughout Mississippi and beyond to ensure their claims are filed correctly with the appropriate court.
Understanding the Camp Lejeune Justice Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act was introduced in 2022. The bill is intended to allow anyone who worked, served, lived, or was in utero on the base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 – and suffered a health condition related to toxic exposure – to file a claim for damages.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act has received support from both houses of Congress, and will now be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
When the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is signed into law, individuals who have been unfairly denied the right to file claims will be able to file lawsuits against the federal government for its failure to protect them or warn them about the toxic chemicals that contaminated the water supply.
Why Choose Roberts Wilson, P.A. to Handle Your Claim?
Roberts Wilson, P.A. has built a reputation for excellence in matters concerning personal injury and disability. We understand the complexities of obtaining compensation from governmental entities and we know how to pursue the maximum compensation allowed under the law.
Our attorneys are highly sought-after for their diligent work ethic, strategic legal insight, and highly effective negotiating tactics. Our clients are consistently satisfied with our services and recommend us to their friends and family.
We know that as our client, this is more than a lawsuit, this is your life. We see every client as a neighbor, as a member of our community, who needs our help. We take these cases personally. If you believe you have been a victim of water contamination at Camp Lejeune but are unsure about how to proceed, the attorneys at Roberts Wilson, P.A. will help.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer or another medical condition after being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987, the attorneys at Roberts Wilson, P.A. want to hear from you.
It doesn’t cost you anything to discuss your case with a Camp Lejeune water contamination lawyer at Roberts Wilson, P.A. During your free initial consultation, our attorney will listen to your story, assess the merits of your claim, and explain your rights and legal options.
Contact our office today online or at (662) 533-9111 to discuss your case for free. We serve clients in Oxford, Holly Springs, Batesville, Pontotoc, and other areas throughout Mississippi and beyond.
How Do I File A Claim For Toxic Exposure at Camp Lejeune?
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which has passed in Congress and will soon be signed into law by President Biden, will allow victims who meet the qualifying criteria to pursue legal action.
The first step toward justice in a toxic exposure claim is to contact Roberts Wilson, P.A. Our attorneys will listen to the details of your claim and help you determine how to proceed. Initial consultations are free of charge, and you are under no obligation to hire our attorneys after your complimentary case review.
Is There A Camp Lejeune Class Action Lawsuit?
At this time, there is no Camp Lejeune Class Action Lawsuit.
Once the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is signed into law, lawsuits will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
It is estimated that possibly one million people may have been affected by water contamination at Camp Lejeune. This means that the total number of lawsuits filed is expected to be significant. These cases may be consolidated into an MDL class action lawsuit to save both the government and plaintiffs money and time. Regardless, it is crucial to contact an attorney immediately.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney to File a Claim?
At Roberts Wilson, P.A., it costs you nothing to file a claim unless we achieve a favorable outcome. We handle Camp Lejeune water contamination claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will only pay attorneys’ fees if we recover compensation for your claim. You will not have to pay anything out of pocket, and we will only collect a fee after we help you recover compensation.
Can I File a Claim if I Already Received VA Disability Benefits?
Yes, even if you have already received VA disability benefits, you can file a claim under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022. In the event of a successful claim, the amount of your award will be reduced in proportion to the amount you previously received.
Can I File a Claim if I (or My Child) was Exposed In Utero?
Yes, anyone who lived, worked, or was otherwise exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune can file a claim. This includes those who were exposed in utero. If you or your child were exposed in utero between 1953 and 1987, contact our office immediately to discuss your rights and legal options.
Is the Water at Camp Lejeune Still Contaminated?
No, the water source at Camp Lejeune is no longer contaminated. Our current military members can rest assured that they will not be subjected to any of these catastrophic outcomes.